Illinois: DWI Killer Raphael Peruzza Walked Away and Left His Pal Nick Hanson to Burn to Death in Wreck

Kane County Sheriff HQ with patrol units

Raphael Peruzza booking photo. Kane County Jail Oct. 9, 2017, DUI fatal


DWI Killer Raphael Peruzza Walked Away and Left His Pal Nick Hanson to
Burn to Death in Wreck

ST. CHARLES, Illinois —  10/11/2017 — According to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, a Geneva man is facing felony Reckless Homicide and Aggravated DUI charges in connection with a fiery crash that killed his passenger last week near St. Charles.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Raphael Peruzza of Eldorado Dr. in Geneva was arrested over the weekend after his release from Delnor Hospital.

Nineteen-year-old Nicholas Daniel Hanson of Husking Peg Ln. in Geneva was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Friday, where he was a passenger in the vehicle being driven by Peruzza.


The Kane County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched at 2:15 a.m. on Friday morning to a traffic crash with injuries on Burr Rd. south of Hawkins Ln. in unincorporated St. Charles Township.

The investigation indicated that Peruzza was traveling south on Burr Rd. For an unknown reason, his vehicle left the roadway and flipped eventually coming to a rest in a tree line on the east side of Burr Rd.

Prior to the arrival of deputies, Peruzza had been able to exit the vehicle; however, the vehicle was on fire.

After the fire was extinguished, Hanson was found deceased inside the vehicle. Peruzza was transported to Delnor Hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries, prior to his release.

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said that due to the nature of the crash, Hanson’s body was initially unidentifiable, prior to toxicology samples being sent off.   MORE

Nicholas Daniel Hanson; beloved son of David and Candace and loving brother of Calvin, Jeremy, Ian, and Meredith. Grandson of the late Richard Smith, Rosemary Smith, Karen Hanson, Richard & Patti Hanson. Nephew to Jeff and Heather Hanson, Kim Hanson, Bob and Penny Smith, Tim and Missy Smith, Karen Krukiewicz, Joe and Kathy Petit, Gerry and Kristen Joyce, Matthew and Joanne Smith. Loving cousin to 24. Nick was 2016 graduate of Geneva high school where he enjoyed playing Baseball and Football. Nick loved his family, friends and the outdoors. Our heartfelt thanks to the entire Geneva community. Visitation will be held Monday 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St., Geneva, IL 60134. Services will be held Tuesday 10:00 am at Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road, St. Charles, IL 60175. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations made to Hear the Cheers online at . For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home Geneva, 630-232-7337.

Nick Hanson GoFundMe page

GOFUNDME for funeral costs:
Nick was such an incredible young man of Christ & will forever hold such a special place in my heart. I was blessed to have met his kind soul in the very beginning of sixth grade & would often see his sweet, contagious smile then, in high school, & even in the halls at Waubonsee. Nick, I will always cherish the memories we made together teaching Sunday School at church & our countless conversations about Clemson & Alabama. You have touched so many lives in the most remarkable way. Thank you in advance for donating to help the Hanson family with funeral costs.